Does your laundry get stuck?  It may sound like a funny question, but I often see laundry bottlenecks in homes I work in.  The cycle works like this…

Ready to Wear – Lightly Worn – Dirty – Washed – Dried – Folded/Ironed – Put Away – Ready to Wear

Here are some common places laundry gets stuck, and how to avoid it…

Laundry Bottleneck What to do about it
Ready to Wear clothes get mixed with Dirty Have a clearly defined and easy to use place for your dirty laundry to live, waiting for the next step in the cycle
Lightly worn clothes get mixed with Dirty Have a place for lightly worn clothes to await another wear
Washed clothes are not Dried quickly, resulting in a smelly pile that needs rewashing Be sure you have time and a plan for moving wet washing on quickly
Dried washing is not processed or put away The most common of bottlenecks.  While folding and ironing are optional, putting away is the key to laundry flowing freely.  Decide where Ready to Wear clothes will live.  Is there enough space for all your clean laundry to live?  If not, you either have too much laundry or not enough space.

Once all those bottlenecks are clear, the cycle should flow easily, as long as enough time and energy is set aside for this essential task.

And we sure have come a long way from beating our washing on a rock, hand washing, or even using a copper and mangle.

If laundry still gets you down, or stuck, there is help at hand.  Creating Order from Chaos can help.

1 Comment
  1. Marina McHutchison 7 years ago

    Lol! My laundry is right at my front door – When I am time poor, it’s not unusual for visitors lately to have to hurdle my piles – four kids and a construction worker hubby 😉 the washing is the first thing that falls off my ‘to do’ list.
    You have reminded me of my plan for special baskets though – I’ll get onto that today – Thanks for the gentle reminder 🙂

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